I'm an American who is interested in speaking in a British accent, specifically the accents from Oxford. When I try to speak in a general British accent, I sound either completely ridiculous or more like an Australian. I figure sounding like an Australian is because I'm from the southern USA, and I have a natural southern drall. But I would really like to use a convincing British accent. Thank you for your help.
By Oxford accent do you mean RP? The only way to realistically to pick up another accent is to take elocution/acting/voice coach lessons. (or try moving to an area as a child). Bear in mind that even professional actors rarely manage to learn a truly authentic version of an accent.
Yes, an RP accent.
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The only person speaking Oxford accent I've heard is Emma Watson (the one who plays Hermione in Harry Potter). She pronounced 'year' as 'yeah' (or something similar to it). I think it's special and nice. However, I know even people coming from the same area could speak different accents...
Charlotte_TThe only person speaking Oxford accent I've heard is Emma Watson (the one who plays Hermione in Harry Potter). She pronounced 'year' as 'yeah' (or something similar to it). I think it's special and nice. However, I know even people coming from the same area could speak different accents...
There is a difference between RP and marked RP. I suppose an Oxford accent could mean marked RP.

RP = Down South

Marked RP = Dine Sithe

London = Dahn Sahf

Actually the real Oxford accent, that is of the people who were born there, is not like RP at all. I have friends from Oxford who spend part of their time in Spain. On one occasion a Scandanavian neighbour confessed she had trouble understanding them. I explained it was there Oxford accent!
Emma Watson speaks in a very very posh accent... I'm not British but I've been studying here for a while, and all I hear about Emma from english guys is that "She's sooooo pretty, too bad she has such a disgustingly posh accent!"
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I am English...I will be happy to teach you?
You might try an acting coach or at leasts someone who teaches different English Accents.
It all depends on what you mean by and 'Oxford Accent'. I think you mean the acquired accent which emulates the perceived accent spoken by students and some profs attending one of the Oxford Universities. However, it is acquired and somewhat theatrical. Social Emulation, copying the speech and manners of the 'Upper Class', who, by the way do not speak with an Oxford Accent. Even the Queen has had to draw in to Received Pronunciation ( she once had an Oxford Accent, since it was no longer really accepted. Received Pronunciation is a better bet to acquire since it better 'received' by those who have regional accents. Unless, of course, you wish to sound as a weak-chinned English officer who thinks that is the way he should talk. Oxford Accent went out of fashion years ago. I was recently looking around some of the colleges again and didn't hear one at all. Mostly regional now and proud of it.